A boating couple from Solihull have cruised into the history books after being chosen to represent the West Midlands in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Clive and Helen Henderson, who have holidayed around the country in their narrow boat ‘Nanshe’ for nearly thirty years, took part in the Diamond Jubilee Flotilla, which saw about 1,000 boats follow Her Majesty’s lead on the River Thames on Sunday, June 3.
The couple were joined by members of their family as boats from the UK, Commonwealth and beyond gathered to take part in the spectacle, which is a major highlight commemorating the monarch’s historic reign.
Despite the driving rain, spirits remained high on the river, with doughty members-of-the-public turning out to line the banks.
Clive, a member of the Rotary Club of Solihull St Alphege and a Lapworth councillor, said he was ‘thrilled’ to be asked to take part in the waterborne occasion.
He added: “We have travelled the Thames before and it is a fantastic way to view London. But the Flotilla promises is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us and our family.
“Boating is such a rewarding experience as it gives you the opportunity to view our landscape and heritage from a totally different perspective.”